The complex ecology of the gut microbiome

In a recent publication (first author Anna S. Weiss), a team led by Prof. Dr Bärbel Stecher from the Max von Pettenkofer Institute was able to show, using a synthetic bacterial community in the intestines of mice, that the ecology of the intestinal microbiome is influenced by both environmental factors (e.g. diet) and host determinants. The research results were published in the renowned journal “Nature Communications”.